The GlenDronach Distillery, aptly named after the Dronach Burn (What freshwater streams are called in Scotland), sits within the Speyside region and has become well known for its heavily sherry-influenced whiskies. The distillery was founded in the early 19th century, and has changed ownership several times. The distillery was also mothballed (meaning all production ceased) from 1999-2005 by then-owner Pernod Ricard, who sold the distillery to the neighboring BenRiach distillery in 2008. This means that, at least for a couple more years, some funky math is needed to find out how old the whisky actually is inside your GlenDronach bottle. GlenDronach has recently changed hands again, as Brown-Forman acquired the BenRiach, Glenglassaugh, and GlenDronach distilleries in 2016 for a whole ‘lotta Euros.
GlenDronach had an active malting floor until 1996, but now sources all of its barley, which although previously peated is now unpeated. GlenDronach was also one of the last distilleries to have an active direct-fired still (Glenfarclas and Springbank are the others), but that was updated to the more typical steam coil heated still. GlenDronach has six aging warehouses onsite (3 racked, 3 dunnage).